Top True Crime: Edgar Awards for Best Fact Crime

Destiny of the Republic
Destiny of the Republic A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of A President By Millard, Candice Book - 2011 973.8409 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2012 winner. Who murdered 20th president James A. Garfield? The man who shot him, Charles J. Guiteau, or the doctors who treated him?

Girl, Wanted
Girl, Wanted The Chase for Sarah Pender By Miller, Steve Paperback - 2011 364.1523 M Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2012 nominee. The story of the 2008 hunt for the most wanted woman in America, who had escaped from the correctional facility where she was serving a sentence for multiple murders.

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of A Serial Imposter By Seal, Mark, 1953- Book - 2011 364.1633 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2012 nominee. "In 2008, Clark Rockefeller, of the wealthy Rockefeller family, was arrested for kidnapping his daughter. But this criminal act was quickly overshadowed by some more startling revelations: Clark Rockefeller doesn't exist..." - Booklist

The Murder of the Century
The Murder of the Century The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized A City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars By Collins, Paul, 1969- Book - 2011 364.1523 C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2012 nominee. The discovery of a dismembered corpse and the subsequent police investigation are fodder for the New York tabloids in the summer of 1897.

The Savage City
The Savage City Race, Murder, and A Generation on the Edge By English, T. J., 1957- Book - 2011 364.1097 E and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2012 nominee. "Through the stories of three desperate men--an innocent man wrongly accused of murder, a corrupt cop, and a militant Black Panther--T. J. English tells the story of race, violence, and urban chaos in 1960s New York City." - publisher's blurb

Scoreboard, Baby
Scoreboard, Baby A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity By Armstrong, Ken, 1962- Book - 2010 796.332 A and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2011 winner. "A riveting but sordid tale of the University of Washington's 2000 football squad, which included at least 24 players arrested or charged with crimes during their years at the university, crimes for which they did little or no time." - Booklist

The Eyes of Willie McGee
The Eyes of Willie McGee A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South By Heard, Alex Book - 2010 364.6609 H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2011 nominee. "An iconic criminal case—a black man sentenced to death for raping a white woman in Mississippi in 1945—exposes the roiling tensions of the early civil rights era in this provocative study." - Publishers Weekly

Finding Chandra
Finding Chandra A True Washington Murder Mystery By Higham, Scott Book - 2010 364.1523 H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2011 nominee. "The case of missing congressional intern Chandra Levy [that] gripped the nation during spring 2001." - Library Journal

Hellhound on His Trail
Hellhound on His Trail The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin By Sides, Hampton Book - 2010 364.1524 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2011 nominee. "The counterpoint between two driven men—one by a quest for justice, the other by an atavistic hatred—propels this engrossing study of the King assassination." - Publishers Weekly

The Killer of Little Shepherds
The Killer of Little Shepherds A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science By Starr, Douglas P. Book - 2010 364.1523 S Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2011 nominee. "Fascinating dual account of the birth of forensic science and the whimsical adventures of a carefree serial killer in pastoral 1890s France." - Library Journal

Columbine
Columbine By Cullen, David, 1961- Book - 2009 373.7888 C and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:2010 winner. "Cullen, acclaimed expert on [the 1999 shooting at ] Columbine [High School], offers a penetrating look at the motivation and intent of the shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold." - Booklist

The Fence
The Fence A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide By Lehr, Dick Paperback - 2010 363.3209 L All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:2010 nominee. "The true story of an African American plainclothes police officer, Michael Cox, who was brutally beaten by his fellow officers in a case of mistaken identity." - Library Journal

Go Down Together
Go Down Together The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde By Guinn, Jeff Book - 2009 B Parker G In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:2010 nominee. This new look at the infamous outlaws examines the reality of their exploits as well as their hold on the popular imagination.

Provenance
Provenance How A Con Man and A Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art By Salisbury, Laney Book - 2009 364.163 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2010 nominee. "A decade-long art scam [begining in 1986] that sullied the integrity of museum archives and experts alike is elegantly recounted." - Publishers Weekly

Vanished Smile
Vanished Smile The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa By Scotti, R. A. Book - 2009 759.5 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2010 nominee. An investigation of the August 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum in Paris.

American Lightning
American Lightning Terror, Mystery, Movie-making, and the Crime of the Century By Blum, Howard Book - 2008 364.1523 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2009 winner. "The 'crime of the century' was the October 1, 1910, explosion in the offices of the Los Angeles Times, intended as an attack on 100 cities, that led to serious conversation about the limits of liberty." - Library Journal

For the Thrill of It
For the Thrill of It Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago By Baatz, Simon Book - 2008 364.1523 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2009 nominee. "In 1924, Nathan Leopold, 19, and Richard Loeb, 18, both intellectually precocious scions of wealthy Jewish Chicago families, kidnapped and brutally murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks in an attempt to commit the 'perfect' crime." - Publishers Weekly

Reclaiming History
Reclaiming History The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy By Bugliosi, Vincent Book - 2007 973.922 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2008 winner. Bugliosi, a former prosecutor, argues against the idea of a conspiracy behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy in this detailed legal study.

Manhunt
Manhunt The Twelve-day Chase for Lincoln's Killer By Swanson, James L., 1959- Book - 2006 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:2007 winner. An hour-by-hour account of the twelve day hunt for John Wilkes Booth following Lincoln's assassination.

The Rescue Artist
The Rescue Artist A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for A Missing Masterpiece By Dolnick, Edward, 1952- Book - 2005 364.162 D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2006 winner. A lively account of the 1994 theft and recovery of one of the world's most famous paintings, The Scream by Edvard Munch.

Conviction
Conviction Solving the Moxley Murder : A Reporter and A Detective's Twenty-year Search for Justice By Levitt, Leonard, 1941- Book - 2004 364.1523 L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2005 winner. A suspect is convicted for the 1975 murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley more than 20 years after the crime.

The Devil in the White City
The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America By Larson, Erik Book - 2004 364.1523 L and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 8

Annotation:2004 winner. This perennially popular account of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair tells two parallel tales, the story of the fair itself and the man who built it and the story of the serial killer who hid behind it.

Fire Lover
Fire Lover A True Story By Wambaugh, Joseph Book - 2002 364.164 W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:2003 winner. "A tale of two men a respected fire chief and a prolific arsonist who turned out to be one and the same." - Library Journal

Black Mass
Black Mass The Irish Mob, the FBI, and A Devil's Deal By Lehr, Dick Book - 2000 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:2001 winner. "This full-bodied true-crime saga by two Boston Globe reporters is a cautionary tale about FBI corruption and the abuse of power." - Publishers Weekly

Blind Eye
Blind Eye How the Medical Establishment Let A Doctor Get Away With Murder By Stewart, James B. Book - 1999 364.1523 S All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:2000 winner. "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stewart...elevates the story of a peripatetic doctor who leaves behind a trail of dead patients beyond the true-crime genre." - Library Journal

Homicide
Homicide A Year on the Killing Streets By Simon, David, 1960- Paperback - 2006 363.2595 S and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4

Annotation:1992 winner. Simon spent a year with the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide unit to research this book, which became the basis for the award-winning television program "Homicide: Fife on the Street"

Savage Grace
Savage Grace The True Story of Fatal Relations in A Rich and Famous American Family By Robins, Natalie S. Book - 2007 B Baekeland R

Annotation:1986 winner. WhenTony Baekeland, great-grandson of the man who made millions by inventing the first commercially successful plastic, stabbed his mother to death in 1972, it was the final chapter in a family saga with plot twists worthy of ''Dynasty'' - or perhaps Tennessee Williams." - New York Times

The Falcon and the Snowman
The Falcon and the Snowman A True Story of Friendship and Espionage By Lindsey, Robert Book - 1979 327.12 L All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:1980 winner. The story of two high school buddies who were tried and convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. The book was the basis for the 1985 film of the same name.

Helter Skelter
Helter Skelter The True Story of the Manson Murders By Bugliosi, Vincent Paperback - 1994 364.1523 B and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1

Annotation:1975 winner. The story of the Manson Family murders told by the DA who prosecuted the case.

In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood A True Account of A Multiple Murder and Its Consequences By Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 Book - 1994 364.1523 C and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:1966 winner. This tale of a brutal multiple murder committed on a Kansas farm in 1959 is considered a groundbreaking work in the true crime genre.

Gideon's Trumpet
Gideon's Trumpet By Lewis, Anthony, 1927-2013 Book - 1964 323.42 L Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:1965 winner. Tells the story behind the landmark case, Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that criminal defendants unable to afford their own attorneys must be provided legal counsel at trial.

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The Edgar Allen Poe Awards, known as the "Edgars," are presented by the Mystery Writers of America to honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater. The award for Best Fact Crime has been presented since 1948. Murder, assassination, robbery, fraud, extortion, conspiracy and other true crimes are recounted in the winning and nominated titles listed here.


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